If the United States’ IRS Acted Like Its Canadian Equivalent, Would the Mormon Church Be Paying Taxes?
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Is this your future? “A Calgary church has lost its charitable status in part because it spends too much of its time advocating on social issues such as abortion and marriage. In October, the Kings Glory Fellowship Association, a non-denominational Protestant group, was told by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that for several reasons, including a lack of clarity on how it spends it money, they could no longer issue charitable receipts. But the letter highlighted that the group spent more than 10% of its time on ‘non-partisan political activities and therefore strayed into activities outside its stated purpose.’ ‘We note … the members of the Board of Directors espouse strong negative vies about sensitive and controversial issues, which may also be viewed as political, such as abortion, homosexuality, divorce, etc.’ The CRA allows charitable organizations to spend some time on ‘political activities,’ but the cutoff is 10%. A spokesman for the CRA was not immediately available to explain how the percentage of time a group spends on non-charitable works is determined.” [National Post]